Just southeast of Richmond, this park has a swimming pool, biking, hiking, picnicking, camping, boating on Beaver Lake and an Algonquian Ecology Camp for environmental education. 1-800-933-PARK. dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/poc.shtml

21. Poe Museum, Richmond

This museum boasts manuscripts, letters, first editions, memorabilia and personal belongings of Edgar Allan Poe, who lived and worked in early 19th-century Richmond. 804-648-5523 or 1-888-21E-APOE . poemuseum.org

22. Scotchtown, Hanover County

Fiery Founding Father Patrick Henry's home during the Revolutionary War is just a few miles west of Interstate 95. You can eat in nearby Ashland's idyllic downtown, which still has a working train track. 804-227-3500. apva.org/scotchtown/house

23. Skyline Drive, Page County

Don't wait for the fall foliage to drive atop the Appalachian Mountains and learn how mountain folk used to live. Any weekend will provide a wonderful drive along all or part of the 105-mile Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park. 540-999-3500. nps.gov/shen

24. Stratford Hall, Westmoreland County

This 1730s brick home in Virginia's Northern Neck was the base for one of Virginia's most powerful political families, the Lees. It was the birthplace of Robert E. Lee, general of the Confederate Army. 804-493-8038.stratfordhall.org

25. Tangier Island, Chesapeake Bay

You need to get up early to get to Reedville by 10 a.m. for the cruise ship to take you to this tiny, beautiful island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. But it is well worth the trip to eat there and experience this enclave of watermen who still speak a dialect that can be traced to the first English settlers. tangierisland-va.com

26. Tredegar Iron Works, Richmond

On the banks of the James River stand the burned walls of one of the Confederacy's main weapons factories. But there's enough structure left to house a nice visitor's center that will also point you to the Civil War battlefields around Richmond. 804-771-2145. http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/richmond/Tredegar.html

27. The Valentine Richmond History Center, Richmond

Previously called the Valentine Museum, this institution reminds us that the capital city's history doesn't end with its burning at the end of the Civil War. After that, Richmond became a power center for newly freed blacks, the base for the cigarette manufacturing industry and one of the first cities to adopt streetcars. 804-649-0711. richmondhistorycenter.com

28. Virginia Military Institute, Lexington

War buffs can walk the parade grounds, learn about George C. Marshall's role in World War II, then walk through the town's historic shopping district to the home of Stonewall Jackson. 540-464-7334. http://www.vmi.edu/museum

29. Virginia Quilt Museum, Harrisonburg

With quilting regaining popularity, these inspiring works of art connect women of the Civil War to examples of early sewing machines to artists today. 540-433-3818. vaquiltmuseum.org

30. Walton's Mountain Museum, Nelson County

Several seasons of the 1970s family drama are available on DVD now and you can see the area in the Blue Ridge Mountains where creator Earl Hamner Jr., grew up. 434-831-2000. waltonmuseum.org

31. Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, Staunton

The first home of our 28th president is one of the few presidential birthplaces open to the public. The site features his touring car, a large exhibit about his leadership in World War I, his library and a boxwood garden in the steep backyard. 540-885-0897. woodrowwilson.org